Women Taking Men’s Roles in Film

Original Post by Paige:

We all have seen men cross dressing as women in movies: like Hairspray, White Chicks, Big Mama’s House, etc. What we see less often is women playing men. We see movies where a woman plays a role in which a woman dresses as a man to do something she thinks is important. But it’s not very often that we see a woman in a man’s role. There is a couple movies like this that I know of, but there could be more.
They are:
I’m Not There Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan
I haven’t seen this movie yet, but from what I’ve seen, Blanchett has done a wonderful job!
and. . .
The Tempest In this movie adaptation of the Shakespeare play, Helen Mirren plays the sorcerer, Prospero. Again, I haven’t seen this film (yet), but I have read the play (in fact it’s one of my favorites). And I find it interesting for this character to be played by a woman, because he’s really not that feminine. But, from the trailer, it looks as if Helen Mirren does a great job!

I think that these a two a very good examples of women taking on men’s roles. If anyone can think of any others, please let me know!
My Response:

There does seem to be more male stars dressing as women then women dressing as men. While I have seen most of the movies listed through various posts, such as Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love and Barbara Streisand in Yentl. There are some that I would like to point out. In the modern area or current age of film making women are dressing up like men more often then people may realize. Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore are dressed as men during a scene in the first Charlie’s Angel movie. Angelina Jolie is dressed as a man in her movie Salt. Mariah Carey is also made to look male in the movie Obsessed. Hilary Swank in Boy’s don’t cry, Katherine Hepburn in Sylvia Scarlett, Glenn Close in Hook, and Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria. Throughout the years women have shown that they can act and switch gender roles.

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